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Craig Silvey Craig Silvey i(A81851 works by)
Born: Established: 1982 Dwellingup, Pinjarra - North Dandalup - Waroona area, Mandurah - Harvey area, Far Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwellingup, a small town in timber and fruit-growing lands in  in south-west Western Australia.

Silvery wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, when he was nineteen: it was published in 2004. The novel was the inaugural book for the 'One Book' series of events at the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival.

Silvey's next novel, Jasper Jones, was published in 2009. The novel was wildly successful: it won the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards fiction prize, and two Indie Awards (Book of the Year and Fiction), and was shortlisted and longlisted for a range of other national and international prizes, including the Miles Franklin Award, the Dylan Thomas prize, and the Dublin Literary Award. It was adapted by Kate Mulvany into a play (which was shortlisted for two Helpmann Awards, three Green Room Awards, two Sydney Theatre Awards, and the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Playwrighting), and then by Shaun Grant into a film (which won an AWGIE Award and was nominated for two AACTA Awards and an Asia Pacific Screen Award). As of 2016, Jasper Jones has been released in three editions in Australia, British and American editions, and eleven international translations, including Turkish, two Chinese translations, Polish, Korean, and Dutch, as well as German, Spanish, and Italian.

Since Jasper Jones, Silvey has published the novella The Amber Amulet, which he adapted into a stage play the following year, and has scripted The Prospector, a contemporary western film directed by Rachel Perkins.

In 2005, Silvey was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists, and in 2010, he was a finalist in the Cleo Bachelor of the Year Awards.

Silvery also sings in a indie/pop/rock band called The Nancy Sikes.

He lives in Fremantle.


Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Honeybee Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19613814 2020 single work novel

'The highly anticipated new novel by the bestselling author of Jasper Jones.

'Find out who you are, and live that life.'

'Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below.

'At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette.

'The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other.

'Honeybee is a heart-breaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show.

'At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by a loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering step-father, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances.

'Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It's about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter -- one offering hope, the other redemption. It's about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on.' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award Adult Fiction Book of the Year
2021 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Audiobook of the year
2021 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Literary Fiction Book designed by Sonny Day & Biddy Maroney, WBYK
2021 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2021 winner Indie Awards Fiction
2020 shortlisted Dymocks Book of the Year
y separately published work icon The Amber Amulet Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2012 Z1891727 2012 single work novella (taught in 1 units) 'Dear Sir/Ma'am, Please find enclosed this AMBER AMULET. That must sound unusual to a citizen, but you will have to trust me on this count because the science is too detailed for me to outline here. All you need to know is that the AMBER AMULET will eliminate your unhappiness by counteracting it with POSITIVE ENERGY. This should see you straight. Fear not, you're in safe hands now.
Take care,
The Masked Avenger

Meet twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie, who patrols his suburban neighbourhood as the Masked Avenger - a superhero with powers so potent not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Along with his sidekick, Richie the Powerbeagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil and low tyre pressure - but can he save them from sadness? This perfect jewel of a book by the award-winning author of the 2009 Book of the Year Jasper Jones will hold all readers in its irresistible power.' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Jasper Jones Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1571013 2009 single work novel

'Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress.

'Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.

'And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.' (Publisher's blurb)

2012 winner The National Year of Reading 2012 Our Story Collection Western Australia See NYOR Our Story winners.
2012 honour book International Awards Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
2011 shortlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2010 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
2009 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction joint winner with Summertime by J. M. Coetzee.
2010 shortlisted Australian Booksellers Association Awards Booksellers Choice Award
2010 longlisted International Awards Dylan Thomas Prize
2010 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year
2010 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2010 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2010 highly commended Kathleen Mitchell Literary Award
2010 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards People's Choice Award
2010 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2010 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2009 winner Indie Awards Book of the Year
2009 winner Indie Awards Fiction
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